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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 12, 2021
CONTACT:Snohomish County Joint Information Center425firstname.lastname@example.org
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce has second doses available by appointment during limited clinics for anyone who is within the window for their second dose and has not yet received one.
The second dose clinics are:
What to know:
Opening a few days earlier than previously announced, individuals eligible under Phase 1b2 will be able to seek vaccination beginning March 17.
Phase 1b2 includes critical workers in certain work settings listed below where physical distancing is not possible, women age 16 or older who are pregnant, and people 16 or older who have a disability that puts them at higher risk. Qualifying disabilities include Down syndrome, a developmental disability, an intellectual disability, hearing-impaired, blind/low-vision, or deafblind.
Congregate setting refers to an environment where individuals work and/or live in an enclosed space where they are interacting with a high volume of people over extended time and not able to consistently maintain 6 feet apart.
This does not include all critical worker groups. This tier is focused on workers in a congregate/enclosed setting working within six feet of other workers over an extended time. An extended period of time is defined as three or more hours in 24-hour day. Specific groups and guidance are outlined below:
Sectors not listed above are not eligible at this time, unless they meet eligibility criteria for Phase 1a and 1b1. Additionally, workers in the industries listed above but who are able to socially distance, work remotely or work off-site not in a congregate setting would not be eligible.
Snohomish County residents should visit the Phase Finder tool at findyourphasewa.org prior to making an appointment for vaccination. The Phase Finder tool is designed to help people in Washington find out if they are eligible for a COVID vaccine now or if not, sign up to be notified when they become eligible. Verification of eligibility may be requested during spot checks of patients arriving for vaccine appointments.
Once eligible, there are a number of ways to look for available vaccines:
Keep in mind that the number and timing of appointments are based on vaccine availability, and the demand for vaccine continues to exceed the supply. It may take time to get an appointment, but please keep at it even if you do not get an appointment during your first attempt. It could take up to a few weeks to get a spot.
Governor Inslee announced that all counties will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery, effective Monday, March 22. This will then allow:
More detailed industry and event guidance will be posted online by March 22 at www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-reopening-guidance-businesses-and-workers.
Under the updated plan, Snohomish County will again be evaluated independently and not as part of a region. On April 12, and every three weeks thereafter, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will review data for all counties and update their phase status.
Provided Snohomish County maintains a 14-day case rate at or below 200 per 100,000 residents, and five or fewer new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents in a seven-day period, then the county remains at Phase 3. Should the numbers be higher than that, or if the hospital bed occupancy in Snohomish County exceeds 90 percent at any given time, the county would slide back to Phase 2.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance for fully vaccinated people in social settings. The DOH has also adopted this guidance here in Washington.
For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 when it’s been at least two weeks since they received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least two weeks since receiving the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. If it has been less than two weeks since the shot, or if someone still needs to get their second dose of an mRNA vaccine, they are not fully protected.
Once fully vaccinated, people can do the following in non-healthcare settings:
These recommendations permit small, social gatherings among fully vaccinated individuals without prior restrictions. They will also help mitigate the financial impacts or lost days of work or school due to the previous need to quarantine if exposed to a confirmed case.
These CDC recommendations do not eliminate the recommendation to wear masks when out in public venues--even if vaccinated.
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask that fits snugly across their nose and mouth and watch their distance in public. This also applies when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease, when visiting with others who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease, or when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
It is still recommended that all individuals avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
People should also follow CDC and state travel requirements and recommendations, as well as noting that employers may have more stringent requirements, regardless of vaccination status. And if any COVID-like symptoms develop, seek testing and isolate until results are received.
The schedule for the week of March 15 remains as follows:
Appointments for testing are encouraged, and registration is available at www.snohd.org/testing. Those without internet access or needing language assistance can reach the Health District’s call center at 425.339.5278 to schedule a testing appointment. The call center is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers after hours or on weekends can leave a message, which will be returned on the next business day.